Disturbance calls turns into arson, shots fired

Disturbance calls turns into arson, shots fired

JONES COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - On Feb. 7, Jones County Sheriff's Department were called to 13 Theo's Road for a disturbance call.

Jamie Blackledge reported her husband James Blackledge, 27, had allegedly kicked in the door and made threats at gunpoint, all in the presence of her children. James then left the residence allegedly, taking Jamie's vehicle to Magnolia Road and Highway 84 East, where he set the vehicle on fire.

Officers later went to 451 Magnolia Road, and when deputies asked about James whereabouts, his mother, 54 year-old Margie Blackledge said she hadn't seen him. Others at the scene told deputies that he had ran out the door.

Officers gave chase and pursued him into a wooded area where James fired one round of 00 buckshot at two deputies and two Mississippi State Troopers. James was quickly apprehended and taken into custody.

He has been charged with four counts of aggravated assault of a police officer, one count of felony taking of a vehicle, one count of arson, one count of felony possession of a firearm and one count of burglary. He went before Judge David Lyons where his bond was set at $155,000.

Margie Blackledge was arrested and charged with hindering prosecution, rendering criminal assistance. Her bond was set at $5,000.

The case continues to be under investigation.